Having strong abdominal muscles is important for men and women alike, however it is especially important for women when they become pregnant. If your abdominal muscles are flabby it forces the back muscles to compensate by taking on extra work to support the spine. When you are pregnant and carrying extra weight the lower back is strained even more,so the stronger your abdominals are the easier it will be on your lower back.
As a fitness specialist, I’m often asked about how exercise effects breastfeeding, from milk production and babies’ weight gain to whether the baby will accept the breast. There’s been a lot of research done on this topic, and I’ve provided the answers to some of the most common questions I’ve received here: